Antidepressant Side Effects

Antidepressant Side Effects Lawsuit Lawyers

Thousands of lawsuits have been filed around the country on behalf of children suffering from heart defects that may have resulted by the use of antidepressant drugs by their mothers while pregnant. The antidepressants at issue include Zoloft, Celexa, Lexapro, Prozac, Sarafem, Effexor and Paxil. These heart defects may include atrial septal defects, ventricular septal defects, tetralogy of fallot, hypoplastic left heart syndrome, transposition of the great arteries (TGA or TOGA), patent ductus arteriosus (PDA), Total anomalous pulmonary venous return (TAPVR), double outlet right ventricle (DORV), and coarctation of the aorta (CoA)
In addition to the heart defects, studies have shown that these drugs can cause craniosynostosis in babies and a new study has shown a link between their use by women and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in their babies.
If your baby was born with any birth defect and you used an antidepressant drug while pregnant, you should immediately seek the advice of an experienced, board certified personal injury lawyer.
These drugs are commonly known as “SSRI” which stands for “Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor” and “Serotonin-Specific Reuptake Inhibitor.” They are commonly used to treat depression, anxiety disorders, personality disorders and insomnia.
The most common SSRI drugs are:

  • Celexa (generic name citalopram)
  • Lexapro (generic name escitalopram)
  • Prozac & Sarafem (generic name fluoxetine)
  • Paxil (generic name paroxetine)
  • Zoloft (generic name sertraline)
  • Effexor (generic name venlafaxine)

Studies have shown a two-fold increase in pulmonary defects in babies whose mothers used SSRI medications while pregnant versus those who did not.
It is important for you to have your child’s claim evaluated as soon as possible because applicable statutes of limitation can cause you to lose their claim forever if not brought in time.